Three caramel pear tarts on a wooden board.

Caramel Pear Tarts

Nothing says sassy like swapping pears for apples in the classic French tarte tatin. What can we say? We like to live on the edge.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 1 H
  • 4
A banana cream pie, topped with pillowy meringue in a glass pie dish with a vase of daffodils beside it.

Banana Cream Pie

Behold, the pie that prompted Beth M. Howard’s parents’ marriage proposal. One taste and we understood why. We think you will, too.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H
  • 2

Stone Fruit Slump

Equal parts bohemian and tradition, this stone fruit slump marries the best aspects of cobbler and cake to sweet, sweet effect.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 10
Toaster Tarts

Toaster Tarts

Though we love Pop-Tarts dearly, even as kids we thought the packaged pastries ought to taste better. Fruiter. Flakier. Fresher. Like these.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 35 M
  • 22
Pate Brisee

Pate Brisee

Grandmothers tend to know a thing or three about pastry. Flaky, tender, buttery pastry. Witness this world-renowned chef’s recipe from his trusted grand-mère.

  • Quick Glance
  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 8
Two slices of spiced maple pecan pie in a metal pie plate on a kitchen towel.

Spiced Maple Pecan Pie with Star Anise

Here’s a nifty little trick. Reduce maple syrup until sticky, infuse it with spice, and rely on it to impart its ridiculously intense essence to pecan pie.

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  • 30 M
  • 4 H, 20 M
  • 3
Sweet Pastry Dough

Sweet Pastry Dough

This all-butter, no-fuss pastry crust comes together with ease and flakiness thanks to a little well-worded hand-holding that caters to pastry-making virgins.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 2
Two Southern pecan pies in pie plates with a bowl of whipped cream in between them.

Southern Pecan Pie

Though not as sweet as most, this Southern pecan pie is still traditional through and through.

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  • 25 M
  • 2 H, 25 M
  • 2
A tarte tatin on a piece of parchment paper resting on a black plate.

Tarte Tatin

A tarte Tatin is nothing more than a tart turned upside down, nothing less than pastry perfection. Its name is French for “caramely apple goodness atop a buttery crust.”

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 8
Lemon Chess Pie

Lemon Chess Pie

This Southern creation is a simple affair. Just eggs, butter, sugar, and, of course, lemon, it’s a pleasantly homey dessert, perfect for any afternoon or occasion.

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  • 10 M
  • 55 M
  • 14